No motive found for shooting involving ex-NFLer

ROCK HILL, S.C. — The police report on final week’s mass taking pictures involving former NFL cornerback Phillip Adams revealed little motive to what led the Rock Hill native to kill six folks after which himself.

The report, launched Friday from the York County Sheriff’s workplace, listed six counts of homicide, possession of a weapon throughout a violent crime and housebreaking first diploma.

In response to officer Kyle Merck’s recount of what occurred from one of many victims, who was nonetheless alive and alert on the scene with a number of gunshot wounds, a “black male” emerged from the woods across the Marshall Highway dwelling carrying a black hoodie, camouflage pants and “opened hearth.”

The sufferer, Robert Shook, one in every of two HVAC technicians working on the dwelling, “then said the suspect went into the home, then exited and went again by the woods the best way he got here.”

Shook, 38, died three days later. The others, discovered lifeless on the scene, have been his companion, James Lewis, 38; householders Dr. Robert Lesslie, 70; his spouse, Barbara Lesslie, 69; and their grandchildren, Adah Lesslie, 9, and Noah Lesslie, 5.

Robert Lesslie and his spouse and grandchildren have been discovered lifeless inside the home.

The report stated through the preliminary investigation Adams was recognized because the suspect. Police then went to Adams’ dwelling 1 / 4 of a mile away.

“Upon making entry into the residence, Phillip Matthews Adams (DOB 7/20/1988) was situated in his bed room deceased from a gunshot wound,” the report stated.

The kind of gun used within the taking pictures was not listed within the report.

The Lesslies have been laid to relaxation at a service at West Finish Baptist Church in Rock Hill on Wednesday. Adams was laid to relaxation on Thursday after a non-public service for relations at Robinson Funeral House.

Those who grew up in the neighborhood with Adams stated the taking pictures didn’t match the particular person they knew. A number of of those that attended a viewing of Adams later Thursday afternoon continued to search for solutions.

“It is simply all tousled,” Kevin Davis, 54, informed “A number of us suppose perhaps the concussions had one thing to do with it and he simply went off. It is odd for him simply to enter that physician’s home and do this. Nobody actually is aware of what kind of relationship he had with the physician.

“It is actually arduous.”

Adams suffered two identified concussions throughout his NFL profession with six groups after San Francisco chosen him within the seventh spherical in 2010. As a part of the post-mortem, his mind can be evaluated for persistent traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative situation that may trigger cognitive problems and different points.

A spokesperson for the sheriff’s division stated the investigation is ongoing and extra info could be launched on the applicable time.

“We perceive that there’s a super quantity of public curiosity on this case and we’ll launch additional particulars when such launch is not going to affect our means to research these crimes,” the police stated in a word atop the report.

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